EMC opens Documentum up to software vendors

EMC Corp. said Monday it was releasing an OEM version of its Documentum content management system that will enable independent software vendors to embed it in their applications, making it easier for users to integrate the applications with each other and with their Documentum repositories.

Lubor Ptacek, director of content management marketing at EMC, said applications such as contract management packages, accounts payable, correspondence management and clinical trials could be built on top of Documentum.

Tony Bland, information systems strategy manager at Linklaters, a London-based global law firm, said he was interested in the offering in principle and thought it was a positive step for EMC. He added that he wanted to see what additional development tools, APIs and services EMC would make available, because thus far it had seemed to be primarily a Java development model with Documentum foundation classes, he said. More tools would give developers additional options, he said.

The OEM version will have the same features and functionality but will be delivered and packaged differently, Ptacek said. For example, it will be packaged with a preconfigured installer and may not need as many configuration options, he said.

The offering, which will be available by the end of the fourth quarter, will be part of EMC's Velocity2 Technology and ISV program, which has about 40,000 members, Ptacek said. Application certification will also be offered, he said.